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Central Pantry

Central Pantry is a food Pantry for UCO students, faculty and staff.

The UCO Central Pantry was established Nov. 17, 2012. The VSLC spoke with food pantries throughout the OKC community and was informed about the high number of UCO students who utilized their services. In response to this need, the VSLC partnered with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to open the first collegiate food pantry in the state of Oklahoma.

How to shop from the pantry for free?

All that is needed to utilize the pantry is proof that you are currently enrolled or employed at UCO.

Central Pantry is a choice-model pantry. You choose the food you want to take home, just like shopping at a grocery store.

Central Pantry is a partner agency of The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and is staffed completely by volunteers. We are able to help those in need through the donations we receive from the very community we are assisting.

Who qualifies to use the Pantry?

The Central Pantry is intended to be used by students, faculty and staff members who meet the Gross Income Limits set forth by the Oklahoma Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Only. These limits are found by calculating 185% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. 

You can use the Central Pantry once per week.

Opening Hours: 

Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Location of the Pantry

The Central Pantry is located in the Nigh University Center, 2nd floor, Room 203. If there is not a volunteer available in the Pantry, visit the VSLC in the Nigh University Center, 2nd floor, Room 212 for assistance.

Donations to the Pantry: 

Donations to the Central Pantry are always welcome. All non-perishable food items are accepted. The Central Pantry also holds themed food drives throughout the year which call for specific items to be donated. These are typically items that the Pantry is low on. 

Volunteer opportunities at the Pantry:

We are continually attempting to fully staff the Central Pantry for the 35 hours a week that it is open. Volunteer questions may be directed to the VSLC by calling (405)974 - 2621